3 Important Tips on Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery

 

Tips on Preparing for Breast Cancer SurgeryThere is probably nothing more frightening than hearing that you have to undergo breast cancer surgery to stop an unrelenting attack on your body.  Your doctor tells you that to safely eliminate all the cancer cells from your body the surgery will take its own toll in both a physical and emotional way.  So, you approach this difficult phase of your life with quite a bit of fear and anxiety.  How do you prepare for such an event?  Here are a few things you should try:

Understand That Things Will Change

Unlike other surgeries one may face throughout their lives, breast cancer surgery will likely create a change in your physical appearance.  Realize that when you wake up there will be a change to the breast which for some could be an incision in the breast and for others may be removal of one or both breasts.  This may not seem like much at first, but you will be surprised at the emotional attachment you have developed over the years to your body.  It is how people have identified you for your entire adult life.  Getting some psychological counseling before the surgery to help you prepare will be well worth it.

Make Changes

Your life will definitely change; you will see things differently and approach life in an entirely new way. Appreciate each moment of life that you have from here on out.  Surround yourself with positive people that will help to reinforce your relish for life.  Start a healthy nutrition plan and try to exercise at least three to four times each week.  Relax and meditate to prepare yourself spiritually for what comes ahead.

Rally the Troops

You’ll have a battery of friends and loved ones around you to give you the moral support that you need to get through the next battery of treatments but you will also need the support of others as well.  While friends and family will be there because of their love for you they may not completely understand what you are going through.  Joining a support group made up of those who are either going through the same thing or have already gone through it will be an important lifeline to help you manage the challenges that you face.

Realizing that you will go through a number of emotions as you come to recognize that your life and everything you are used to will change can help you to face the challenges of breast cancer surgery.  This type of surgery is designed to help you to physically recover, but you also need to address your emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies as well.  When you face all of these things at one time, you need to develop in you a balanced view of life in all these aspects in order to fully prepare for what is to come.

 

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Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris was born in Europe but has lived in the US for many years. He attended college both in Europe and the US and completed medical school at the University of Texas. Residency and fellowship in oncology was completed at Baylor. Read More...
Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton